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Necklift Procedures by Dr. Taylor Pollei

Side portrait of a female before a necklift

Like the face, the neck ages and causes many visible signs to betray your age. A necklift can help soften the signs of aging and help you look younger and healthier.

Signs of aging in the Neck

The support structures in the skin weaken, causing a loss in elasticity. In addition, fatty tissues under the skin become depleted and partially move toward the bottom of the face. Facial muscles may also cause wrinkles, changes in facial contour, and the development of vertical neck bands.

Muscle bands may form as a result of the regular use of the platysma muscle, with the vertical lines marking the muscle edges. Excess fat deposits may be caused by hormonal changes in the body, while the appearance of brown spots may be a sign of sun damage health issues like obesity and diabetes, or genetic factors.

Wrinkles may develop as a result of decreased skin elasticity and the normal, everyday use of facial muscles. Over time, the skin is depleted of collagen and elastin, which are fibers that help keep the skin supple and full. Making repeated facial expressions can also cause frown lines and crow’s feet to appear.

In addition, patients with large submandibular salivary glands or a very low set hyoid bone (the wishbone), are more likely to develop a prominent accumulation of fat and skin.

Benefits of a Necklift

A necklift helps re-suspend and tighten the soft tissue structures that have fallen below the jawline. The procedure removes fat and tightens the muscles below the jawline in order to create a stable foundation to the neck. A necklift is frequently done in conjunction with a facelift to improve the results of skin re-draping and address multiple problem areas.

Portrait of a female with lines on her face and neck for necklift procedure
Plastic surgeon examining a female patient’s face after necklift surgery

Who is a Candidate?

A necklift is a good option for patients who do not have jowling, facial skin laxity, or Signs of aging in the cheeks or eyes. Patients with a “weak chin”, low-set hyoid bone, or thick and ruddy skin may not be well-suited for a necklift.

Patients should have appropriate expectations, understand the limitations of the procedure, and be emotionally and psychologically healthy.

What to Expect During a Necklift Procedure

During the procedure, Dr. Pollei makes a small incision directly beneath and behind the chin. If the patient has excessive fat, the surgeon will use either liposuction or direct fat removal. Patients with loose muscle bands will have them tightened with a sling of tissue that helps to create a higher and more firm neckline. The incision will be closed with sutures that are removed one week after the surgery.

After the Procedure

Patients will be allowed to go home the same day and will wear a gentle compression wrap for one to two days to prevent fluid accumulation and keep the neck tissues in place.


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